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Fostering Healthy Children Program

The mission of the Fostering Healthy Children Program (FHCP) is to facilitate and advocate for excellence in medical, dental, mental health, and overall wellbeing for children in Utah’s foster care system.

Fostering Healthy Children Program is designed to assist DCFS in meeting the health care needs of Utah's children that are placed in foster care.

Nurses and staff from the Utah Department of Health are co-located in offices with caseworkers from DCFS.  They work in partnership to coordinate the foster child's health care while in custody.

Who may receive these services:

  • The Fostering Healthy Children Program nursing staff work in partnership with the DCFS caseworkers to coordinate health care services (including medical, dental and mental health) for Utah foster children.
  • Each child's health care, including acute medical, mental health, dental health, preventive and when appropriate, specialty care will be evaluated and tracked to ensure the child's optimum health.
  • Nursing staff will identify and work with the child/family's primary care health provider whenever possible, and where one is not available, will help the child/family establish a medical home.

Health Care Requirements

Emergency Health Assessment
This exam is required immediately if the child is a victim of suspected sexual abuse, serious neglect or physical abuse.

Health History
A detailed health history about the child and family is completed when the child enters custody.

Well Child Care
A physical examination, including anticipatory guidance, school immunizations and follow-up needs is completed within 30 days and then annually. For those under the age of two the Periodicity Schedule is used.

Dental Exam
A complete dental exam including cleaning is completed within 30 days of DCFS custody and then annually.

Ages and Stages Developmental and Social-Emotional Screening
All children ages 4 months to 5 years receive an initial developmental and social-emotional screening. This tool is repeated at a regular schedule thereafter until they turn 5 years of age.

Comprehensive Mental Health Assessment
An assessment of the child's need for mental health services is completed within 30 days of custody by a mental health professional and then annually for children over 5 years of age.

Follow-up Care
Any recommended treatment or services as identified by the medical provider is followed up on.


Iimmunizations are required for all school-aged children. For more information visit the Utah Department of Health Immunization Web Site at

In addition, we encourage all children to be immunized according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. For more information visit the CDC web site at


Child Abuse 24 Hour Reporting Hotline for Utah
(855) 323-3237

Division of Child and Family Services
(801) 538-4100

Office of Public Guardian
(801) 538-8255

Utah Foster Care Foundation
(801) 994-5205

Contact Us

Melanie Hansen, RN, Program Manager
44 North Mario Capecchi Dr.
P.O. Box 144671
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4671
(801) 541-3242
Fax: (801) 323-1585

Salt Lake Region Manager
Carma Hemingway, RN
1385 South State Street
Salt Lake City UT  84115
(801) 547-7484

Western Region Manager
Rod Cromar, RN
150 East Center Street, Suite 5100
Provo UT 84606
(801) 374-7264

Northern Region Manager
Cody Wylie, RN
950 East 25th Street, Suite C
Ogden Utah 84401
(385) 258-4020

Eastern/Southwestern Region Manager
Patsy Buchmiller, RN
475 West Price River Drive, Suite 152
Price, UT 84501
(435) 636-2369

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